- The car: Vauxhall Grandland X Elite Nav 1.2 130PS Turbo S/S
- Run by: John Bradshaw, chief photographer
- Why it’s here: To see if Vauxhall’s late entry to the SUV market is worth considering over accomplished rivals such as the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008
- Needs to: Be cheap to run, provide smooth transport on long journeys and have enough space inside for both my family’s clutter and my camera gear
Price £26,660 Price as tested £28,490 Miles covered 5120 Official fuel economy 52.3mpg Test economy 36mpg Options Wireless phone charging (£160), Heated Windshield (£100), Fixed Panorama Sunroof (£695), Spare wheel (£110), Winter Pack 2 (£200), Two-coat metallic paint (£565)
29 March 2018 – Are winter tyres worth their cost?
Winter tyres. They’re a bit controversial aren’t they? Fitted by many of our European cousins during the colder seasons, us Brits still mostly stick with summer rubber all year round. But why? I suppose it’s because we assume our winters aren’t harsh enough to warrant them, or that they seem like a colossal waste of money when we only get to use them twice a year.
However, it's important to realise that winter tyres don't just work better on snow and ice, they also perform better than summer tyres on wet roads when the temperature falls below 7 degrees Celsius – which feels like most of the time in the UK. The reason I bring this up is that my Grandland X came on a set of Michelin Crossclimate X SUV tyres, and they proved essential for getting to the Alps for my recent skiing holiday.
But what did I do when I got back to the UK? Well, I sent the car back to Vauxhall and had them replaced with some more appropriate summer rubber. Just in time for the Pest from the West to leave me housebound. So once again, I stick by my assertion that winter tyres, although expensive, are worth the outlay.